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New Springer Link eBook title of general interest

November 24th, 2010 by Michael Winter

Many SpringerLink eBook titles are highly specialized treatments of topics in the natural sciences, engineering, and computer science.   For an interesting exception,  see J.L. Casti, Mood matters:  from rising skirt lengths to the collapse of world powers.  Contents include:

The unconventional wisdom — Why “stuff” happens — Why hits happen — Why wars, economic cycles, and political crises happen — Why great powers come and go — Getting it together

Summary provided as blurb:   “Casti argues that human affairs– fashions, economic trends and the fall of governments or wars– can be traced back to an underlying social mood, which heavily biases the way things develop.”

Fulltext is available at

New French-English, English-French dictionary from Larousse

November 15th, 2010 by Michael Winter

Grand dictionnaire français-anglais, anglais-français = French-English, English-French dictionary. Larousse Dictionnaires, 2010. 2367 pp., with maps and illustrations.  Shields Library Hum/SS Reference PC2640 .G68 2010

About 1,000,000 entries.

UC’s eScholarship program now has publication series in Dutch Studies

November 15th, 2010 by Michael Winter

UC’s eScholarship program now has a publication series in Dutch Studies. The inaugural item of the series is Jeroen Dewulf’s paper on the multiculturalization of Dutch society and the sense of crisis this has brough about in the Netherlands.

Abstract: ‘The Netherlands used to be considered a European model for progressiveness and for the successful integration of immigrants. However, the murders of the politician Pim Fortuyn (in 2002) and the filmmaker Theo van Gogh (in 2004) have forced the country to reconsider its policy. The self-confidence of the past has recently given way to a critical reflection on Dutch identity. The achievements of globalization, multiculturalism and even the European Union have been called into question and the country has adopted a much more restrictive immigration policy. In contemporary Dutch literature, however, an alternative voice can be heard.’

Jer0en Dewulf, In the Jungle of Amsterdam. On the Re-Invention of Dutch Identity, 2008.

Exhibit and Symposium: Euclides da Cunha: A Life Between the Disciplines

November 4th, 2010 by David Michalski

The UC Davis Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the UC Davis University Library have collaborated to present a symposium and accompanyin exhibition called,

“Euclides da Cunha: A Life Between the Disciplines”

Exhibit Poster

The symposium, scheduled for Friday, November 5, 2010, will commemorate the life and career of Euclides da Cunha. An accompanying exhibit will be on display in the Shields Library Lobby through Winter Quarter 2011.

Euclides da Cunha (1866-1909), noted Brazilian writer and intellectual, published in 1902 his masterpiece, Os Sertões (Rebellion in the Backlands). Considered to be an outstanding work of Brazilian literature and a major contribution to world literature, Os Sertões is da Cunha’s account of the messianic religious uprising that led to the tragic 1897 Canudos War. Over the past century Os Sertões has influenced both Latin American authors and international novelists, including Mario Vargas Llosa’s La guerra del fin del mundo (The War of the End of the World, 1981), as well as inspired several films and documentaries.

Da Cunha’s interdisciplinary career spanned many fields beyond his work as a journalist employed by the newspaper A Província de São Paulo (Estado de São Paulo) to send back first hand observations from Canudos and the Bahia. Trained as an engineer, da Cunha built sturdy bridges and schools that are in use over one hundred years later. A dedicated essayist, da Cunha published articles on themes that ranged from Brazilian history, geography, nationality, and diplomatic relationships among nations, to topics about Latin American and European history. Da Cunha was a prolific poet with an extensive oeuvre of Romantic poems. A cartographer, da Cunha helped negotiate and demarcate Brazil’s Amazonian border with Peru. An educator, a geographer and an early environmental scientist, da Cunha’s work in the Amazon culminated with the posthumous publication of À Margem da História.

Symposia Program


The Peter J. Shields Library Lobby Exhibit is prepared by Myra Appel, Head, Humanities, Social Sciences and Government Information Services Department/Bibliographer, Latin American Studies ( and Professors Leopoldo Bernucci and Robert Newcomb (Department of Spanish and Portuguese). Assistance provided by Tim Silva (graphics) and Alison Lanius (display).